keanex (1392) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in 2014.
Appearance: Some chestnut appears through the small edges, byt overall this is pitch black. A short and dense khaki head appears on top with good retention.
Aroma: "Oh my fucking god," were the words uttered from my mouth when I smelled this. Big brownie batter with crushed espresso beans backed by a hint of bourbon and fine tobacco. Holy cow this is wonderful. Slightly sweet, robust and good presence. This is the perfect aroma.
Taste: Holy shit this is a fucking phenomenal experience. Big fudge and espresso with an ice cream cone flavor backing it. Hints of bourbon and tobacco by the finish, but holy shit this is fucking outstanding. Hints of vanilla and coconut are in the back towards the finish. The finish lingers of bold flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans.
Palate: A touch thin for what I would call perfect. Mild carbonation.
Overall: My only complaints are that I can’t get this and the body could use a bit more viscosity. Fucking hell, chocolate espresso bean with a hint of vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Stellar to the fucking max.
Thebullshornbar (72) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What can be said about this beer that hasn’t already been said in other reviews. A fantastic russian imperial stout to begin with, gets raised to a complex degree when the booze and the wood are introduced from the bourbon barrel-aging. The nose comes big with notes of booze, tobacco, burnt sugar, and caramel with wood coming through in between. Same again when it comes to the palate. All those flavors with added pleasure of bourbon, and everything that that spirit brings to the table. An exceptional ale.
djd07 (3334) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle as shown thanks to Rainer. Pours a very dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, chocolate, cocoa, booze, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with rich roast, chocolate, and smoke with sweet finish. Very impressive.
Sledutah (4298) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (2010) from Secret Santa 2010
Black with a small tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, woody and rich chocolate. Flavors of rich chocolate, roasted malts, woody, vanilla with some hot alcohols
Very nice, smooth
Homer321 (1806) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle via trade. pours a black color with ruby highlights and not much head. nose is fruit, like a grape fruit roll up, some sugar. taste is initially like a sticky sweet raisin then kinda dries out and reveals some alcohol character. some barrel and wood, but not much stout. honestly, you could have told me it was a Belgian dark strong and I don’t think I would question you. base beer seems to be a little weak in the roast. Barrel beers are tough, but this one is solid, but not overpoweringly great
suprchunk (2092) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Small tan colored head. A bit of lacing left behind. Malty aroma with coffee and a slight acetic note. Taste is a very rich malt, chocolate, coffee, with a bit of pepper. A warming alcohol presence. Pretty good.
jkwood04 (3792) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, some chocolate and coffee, and some hints of spices. Flavor the same with a nice blend and the bourbon adding a lot to the base beer. Smooth, thick texture. A really good beer.
sturmthis (362) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a wonderful black with off white head. Smells of cherry and Bourbon. A thick feel to this beer. Can really taste the Bourbon and has a dry aftertaste. A very very good beer.
ryanscourt (698) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Great Lakes. Jet black, small and tight head. Strong whiskey smell. Strong whiskey taste, beer compliments the end with a little dark chocolate mellowness. Strong. I bet some will love but only does a little for me.
BMMillsy (1267) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a great trader. Huge thanks for this big want of mine. Bottle pours pitch black into my tulip with a small half finger khaki brown head. Aroma of loads of rich chocolate, roasty grains, bourbon, oak, coconut. Flavor is big sweet chocolate up feont with plenty of bourbon and roast, it finishes with huge vanilla from the barrel, some light coconut and chocolate and oh my lord so smooth. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation, heavy body. This is fantastic. The finish is one of the best and it is so velvety smooth. Right up there with the best BA stouts and yet much more drinkable. Great Lakes is just such an incredible brewery.